Artist Projects

Outpost


Eric Wolf

Outpost is a personal documentary on the nature of the human relationship to Iceland’s extreme landscape. Shot in black and white Super-8 film, Outpost begins with the true story of a 22-year-old sailor whose ship goes down in the North Atlantic on a freezing winter night in 1984. Through the imagined memories of the drowning sailor, the film takes the audience on a tour of the lava fields and abandoned farmhouses, over snow-covered highland mountains and black-sand deserts, to Reykjavik and back to the sea. The visual style of Outpost is impressionistic, evoking memory itself as much as it chronicles acts of remembrance. The film includes stills from private collections and family albums, archival footage and an Icelandic-language voice-over, which add to the story’s form and sense of place.